3 Great Kent Beaches to visit

I’ve always thought you never really appreciate where you grew up. For me, I was born and raised in Kent and I didn’t pay too much attention to my home county until I left, and chats with friends made me realise that having a day trip to the beach every weekend isn’t a normal experience.

Now I live in London I find a lot of people escape to Kent at the weekends as it’s so accessible by train, and I’ve been told several times that Margate is the *it* place to be. And disclaimer – I haven’t been to Margate since it became trendy. My memories of Margate are Summer days, 99 Mr Whippies and Dreamland the theme park *before* health and safety was a thing.

So, this post doesn’t contain anything about Margate, but I’m sure you’ve heard how great it is. This is about three other Kentish beaches that you can get to from London that are worth the day trip – or even weekend. So, here we go…

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Deal

My favourite Kentish spot by miles, I really love Deal. I love the beaches which are rarely too busy, walking through the cute and quiet streets, the Sea View fish and chip shop, and the unspoilt (read – un-gentrified) town centre.

Saying that, Deal is featuring more and more on the map, and reading this post from The Frugality brought my attention to The Rose Hotel, which looks incredibly cute and had me itching to book in for a short stay.

Folkestone

If younger me would see me now, recommending Folkestone as somewhere to visit, they would certainly be scoffing. Folkestone has had a bit of a rebrand in recent years and it’s a treat to visit if you’re up for some Sea Air and potentially some Prosecco in a lighthouse.

In recent years there’s been a lot of development in Folkestone, especially along The Harbour Arm which has now been developed to house pop up food trucks, I was about to sum it up but their website does it perfectly with this sentence:

“From fresh Greek mezze served from a double decker bus, to vegan fare in a restaurant housed in two shipping containers, to Champagnes in a bar tucked into the Lighthouse at the end of the Arm.”

If you’ve had too much sea air there is. a steep trip of road leading into the city centre lined with art galleries, vintage shops and coffee shops if you need a pick me up along the way.

Whitstable

This place isn’t exactly a hidden gem of the Kentish coast, but it’s certainly a place to put on your radar if you fancy a day at the beach and especially some Oysters.

Get there early if you’re driving as the small town fills up quickly, but it’s worth it if you’re after a wonder through quiet streets, vintage shops, small bookshops and little cafes and bars.

Whitstable is famous for it’s Oyster farms, and even has an Oyster festival each year where you can visit, load up on Oysters and even enjoy some fireworks at the end. Even if you’re not a fan of seafood it’s still good fun to pick up a beer or a cocktail at the beach.

I’ve not personally stayed there but on my bucket list is to book a stay at The Fishermans Huts which are right on the beach edge. If you can find a weekend that’s not fully booked – they really are that popular – then book yourselves in for an intimate little hut right on the sea edge.

There we have it! 3 other Kentish beaches to try before you head to Margate. If you’re up for a weekend away this year, these are all so easily accessible by train or by car.

Thanks for reading!

Camping During a Pandemic

Hi everyone! It’s been a sweet ol’ while since I last wrote a post on here, but like most of the world it’s been a long time since I last went on my holiday!

It’s safe to say that 2020 didn’t turn out like we all planned, but rather than focusing on holidays planned and replanned and cancelled, I wanted to write up a post about our recent camping trip to the Norfolk Broads.

I hope it might be helpful and perhaps encourage anyone who’s unsure about booking a camping trip in this current climate. Because whereas it may not seem like the ‘safest’ way to holiday, it’s currently one of our best bets of having a proper summer holiday this year.

I also want to start by saying that I don’t believe it’s unsafe to go camping right now, and in fact its probably one of the best holidays where you can encounter very little other people as possible. If you have all your own camping gear then it’s easy enough to just rock up at a campsite, pitch up, and sit back and have a lukewarm glass of wine far away from anyone else.

Honestly, it really is a great shout if you want to steer clear of others. And all campsites I’ve been to so far have made a point to make extra COVID precautions, such as extended check-in and out times to avoid too many people crossing paths.

We were lucky that we had been camping last Summer so we had all the kit basics. I’ve written a post here about the best packing list for a camping trip, but if you can’t get your hands on it all I’d say all you¬†really¬†need is a tent, camping chairs and an inflatable mattress. Everything else isn’t necessary. Both campsites I’ve been to this Summer have had cafes on site and pubs within walking distance, so there’s always that option when it comes to food.

There’s still plenty of campsites that are open for an even longer season this year. To find them we just use www.campsites.co.uk which does exactly what you’d expect, to help you find plots available. Despite majority of places being booked up for the August bank holiday weekend (at the time of writing) there still seems to be a lot of plots at other times.

If we can we’re going to try and fit a few more weekend trips in this Summer, as we’re lucky we can just jump in the car and drive an hour or two out of London and it feels like a world away.

Hope you enjoyed reading this post. More camping posts will surely be up this year. Stay safe!